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Top 5 BA Barleywines

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by GottaTickemAll, May 18, 2013.

  1. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Member

    Location:
    New York
    With the understanding that these are all excellent, and that I haven't tried some of the other biggies, like Mother of All Storms, for example), these are my tops:

    1. King Henry
    2. Sucaba
    3. Bigfoot (BA version, 'natch)
    4. Artic Devil
    5. Bolt Cutter
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  2. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Member

    Location:
    California
    So far, I think I'd order as such:
    KH- been a while, wanna try again.
    MoaS- I believe it was pre-2011 bottle.
    Sucaba--back as Abacus

    the rest I'm not sure how to order:
    CW BBBW
    Weyerbacher Insanity
    BA Old Numbskull

    others I'm waiting to try...
  3. Kuester

    Kuester Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Not even a mention of Great Divide BA Old Ruffian til now? I haven't been lucky enough to try the KH's or MOAS or Leon or any of those yet but, of the 5 total I've actually had I'd rank:

    BA Old Ruffian
    Bligh's
    Sucaba
    BA Bigfoot
    Cockeyed Cooper
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  4. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I would have to strongly disagree - and CW BBBW is probably the best I've had; just don't like to see BA Bigfoot thrown under the bus like you just did.
    I can't even comprehend how you made that statement.
    I mean, if anything BA Bigfoot has a little more AV bite to it - for sure.

    CW BBBW is just plain silly good though - I must agree on that point.
  5. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Member

    Location:
    Missouri
    That's surprising, I had no idea that Urban Chestnut was distributing...we can't even get 'em here in mid-Missouri! Granted, it was the second beer I'd tried that night, so my palate wasn't 100%, but I thought that the booze/spirit character were a bit too forward, but that the underlying flavors, if given a bit of a chance to emerge, might be really quite nice. If I had it to do again, I'd hang onto my bottle until maybe Christmas or thereabouts, but it's your bottle and your decision :)
  6. ajzy

    ajzy Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Yeah I had no idea--was just in Indy for Sour/Wild/Funk Fest and hit a few liquor stores, saw this on the shelf and took a chance on it having no idea what it was or whether it was any good. Judging by your comments I shall push it to the back of my cellar, but should I get bored this summer it may get cracked :D
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  7. gratefulbeerhead

    gratefulbeerhead Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    Hard to rank since I haven't had all five of these in one tasting, but these are my favs...
    King Henry
    BA Naked Evil
    Arctic Devil
    BA Monster 29
    MoaS
  8. Marti403

    Marti403 Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    1. Kuhnhenn BBBW (especially on tap)
    2. BA Naked Evil
    3. BA Monster 29
    4. Sucaba
    5. Insanity (but just slightly over CW BBBW)

    Sampled MoaS and didn't make anything move and haven't had King Henry, Arctic Devil, or Bligh's yet.
  9. solo103

    solo103 Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Leon is definitely up there. One of my favorites
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  10. jmgrub

    jmgrub Member

    Location:
    California
    1a. Goose Island Mayan Gold
    1b. Xyauyu Barrel
    2. JW Lees (any cask besides Lagavulin)
    3. Smog City Barrel-aged O.E.
    4. Arctic Devil
    5. BA Naked Evil (1st batch)

    Honorable mention: Bligh's, MOAS,
  11. Horbar

    Horbar Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    King Henry and Sucaba are my favs. Bolt Cutter was my biggest disappointment.... :-(
  12. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Member

    Location:
    West Virginia
    King Henry
    Abacus
    MoaS
    Bigfoot
    Old guardian
  13. ryanfolty

    ryanfolty Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    King Henry
    Utopias
    BA Old Numbskull
    Leon
    BA Bigfoot

    Have not had Angel Share, Abacus, BA Old Guardian yet though.
  14. ObiWanKushnobi

    ObiWanKushnobi Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    1. MOAS
    2. BA Hi-Fi Rye
    3. Arctic Devil
    4. Sucaba
    5. CW BBBW
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  15. NYRfan4ever

    NYRfan4ever Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Sucaba is awesome. One of the best American BA barleywines I've ever had
  16. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Most overpriced one? Yep...thread that.
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  17. arlingtonjoe

    arlingtonjoe Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    have not tried a lot but would rank what I have tried in this order:
    1)bc kh
    2)sucaba
    3)ba naked-evil
    4)cw bbbw(fresh)
    5)straight jacket

    have a moas and a boltcutter in que so we will see what happens to my list. nice query.
  18. Michigan

    Michigan Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    You obviously have not tasted the beauty that is BOLT CUTTER!! The way the hops fuck with your face and the booziness numbing all your senses. It's like an orgy at the local petting zoo.

    (Please check my post in "what are you drinking" to fully understand my current state of being...)
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  19. Connvoy

    Connvoy Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Did a side-by-side at a tasting in October with King Henry, Cognac Church on a Hill, and Leon. I really thought and wanted the Church on a Hill to win, but KH did by a good margin.

    1) King Henry
    2) Cognac Church on a Hill
    3a) BA Roosevelt
    3b) Leon
    5) Abacus, I suppose.

    I would also like to say I recently did a CW BBBW 2009-12...2012 was the only tolerable one. The older they were, the harder to drink. Everyone agreed unanimously.
  20. Duffmanohyeah02

    Duffmanohyeah02 Member

    Location:
    Missouri
    Pretty easy one for me. In order as i remember them:

    MoAS
    KH
    BA Naked Evil
    Leon
    Sucaba
  21. ggfunk

    ggfunk Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    Love these threads. They always give me new beers to keep an eye out for.

    5. Central Waters
    4. BA Bigfoot
    3. Sucaba
    2. Arctic Devil
    1. MoaS
  22. DmouthCaliBrewz

    DmouthCaliBrewz Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    For me:
    Sucaba
    BA old Numbskull
    BA Bigfoot
    Hangar 24 Hammerhead
    BA Old Guardian (all variants - can't decide)

    But woooooahhhh Wait wait wait are utopias and Angels share considered barleywines? I know everything seems to be a catch all category these days, but I would most definitely not label utopia as a barleywine. And as for Angels share, I would call that an american strong ale? but to be honest who knows or cares what the fuck the styles these beers fit into. If Angels share was considered in this list I would rewrite the above list as such:

    Angels Share '08
    Angels Share '09
    Angels Share '10
    Angels Share '11
    Sucaba '12


    annnnnd im drunk
  23. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    1 -- Deschutes - 100% BA Mirror Mirror
    2 -- MoaS
    3 -- Arctic Devil
    4 -- Insanity
    5 -- Lucky Lab - BA Son of Old Yeller
  24. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Aficionado

    Location:
    Australia
    Arctic Devil (2008)
    MOAS
    Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel BW
    Bligh's
    Cognac Barrel Boogoop

    Note: Did not care for King Henry at all
  25. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    Domestic:

    1. King Henry
    2. Wooden Hell
    3. MS 3000
    4. Arctic Devil 2008
    5. The Perfect Storm/MoaS
    6. Abacus/Sucaba
    7. Cigar City Leon
    8. Bligh's
    9. Central Waters BBBW
    10. Kuhnhenn BBBW

    Imported:

    1. 1998 JW Lees Harvest Ale
    2. Xyauyu (all!)
    3. Adnams Tally Ho
    4. Fuller's Golden Pride
    5. Moonraker
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  26. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Mother of all Storms
    King Henry
    Sucaba
    Arctic Devil
    Insanity
  27. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    In rough order:

    Twisted Trace (ISO more!)
    King Henry
    Cognac Church on a Hill
    Sucaba
    Mother of All Storms
  28. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    1. CW BBBW
    2. CW Y2K Kosmic Charlies Barleywine (BBBW Base Beer)
    3. Weyerbacher Insanity
    4. NG Barleywine (drinking great with a a year and a half on it right now!)
    5. Third Coast Old Ale (called a old ale but listed as a Barley wine)
  29. Craftonly23121

    Craftonly23121 Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Top 6
    Olde School Barleywine, Dogfish Head Brewery
    Thumbprint Barley Wine, New Glarus Brewing Company
    Olde GnarlyWine, Lagunitas Brewing Company
    Behemoth Blonde Barleywine, Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
    Bare Tree (Wheatwine), Two Brothers Brewing
    Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus (wheatwine), Harpoon
  30. BeersAndBears

    BeersAndBears Member

    Location:
    Nebraska
    It doesn't make many lists, but I love Big Sky's Olde Bluehair. Particularly if you can still find a 2011 lying around at a bottle shop.
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  31. stakem

    stakem Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    1. Old Toad
    2. Old Toad
    3. Old Toad
    4. Cognac Church on a Hill
    5. King Henry

    Yeah, its that good that it deserves to take up the top 3 spots on my list.
    Honorable mention to East End Gratitude for deserving to be on this list but isnt barrel aged.
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  32. Ahappyhiker2

    Ahappyhiker2 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    King Henry
    Mother of All Storms
    Sucaba
    BA Hi-Fi Rye
    Bligh's

    ...I should note that I'm drinking BA Old Numbskull and Leon this week, so this list could possibly be altered.
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  33. ajzy

    ajzy Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Interesting-picked up a bottle of this a while back and a store in town has a handful more, but I was super hesitant since I stupidly shelled out cash for two bombers of their utterly disgusting Kriek about a year ago and have been ruing my purchase and avoiding Big Sky since them
  34. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    slim pickens. The sebago rep told me in Oct. that the batch was already in barrels, though, so I expect a release within the next 6 or so months.
  35. mjw52

    mjw52 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    1) Goose Island King Henry
    2) Firestone Sucaba
    3) CW Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
    4) Weyerbacher Insanity
    5) Bligh's

    Close 6th- Mother of all Storms

    I just received a bottle of Leon so this make shake up the list.
  36. ryanfolty

    ryanfolty Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Other site classifies them as barleywines. After finally opening my bottles of Angel Share last night, they would not be in my top 5 and I don't think I would consider them barleywines.
  37. DmouthCaliBrewz

    DmouthCaliBrewz Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    bummer dude :( mine blew me away. But yeah I definitely wouldn't classify them as such
  38. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Member

    Location:
    Wyoming
    I was just going to suggest it. My 2008 bottle is fabulous.
  39. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Member

    Location:
    California
    Thanks to some generosity by Thirsty_Rob, Arash1000 and some other cool people, I got to try BA fireside chat yesterday and was blown away by how good that was. Damn fine BA Barleywine. Others I've enjoyed are obviously Sucaba, KH (do your best to ignore the hype, it will let you down if you don't.), Hammerhead, kuhnhenn BBBW, and Central Waters BBBW.
  40. jampics2

    jampics2 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    1. Wooden Hell
    2. King Henry
    3. BA Old Salty
    4. BA Church on a Hill
    5. Kuhnhenn BBW

    Honorable Mentions to Abacus/Sucaba, Perfect Storm/MOAS, Bligh's, Arctic Devil, CWBBW and Straight Jacket

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